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Hire a Photographer you Trust
The best way to ensure you feel comfortable is to work with someone that you trust. Your choice of photographer must go beyone picking someone with a good portfolio. You must find someone with good directing skills, positive personality and reassuring demeanor.
Schedule an Engagement Session
The best way to get to know your photographer and get comfortable in front of the camera is to get your photo taken by them. The easiest way to do this would be to schedule your engagement session. This will also help your photographer to know your preferred angles and to be able to make you confident in your poses.
Focus on Your Partner
If looking at the camera give you anxiety, take your focus off the camera and concentrate on your partner. Your photographer will work around you to make you comfortable.
Have a Drink
Yes I mean it! If you’re super uncomfortable in front of the camera, have a cocktail may help you relax and be less stiff or likely to give a fake smile. But just 1, we don’t want you drunk in your photos!
Laugh (Even if it feels Forced)
Awkward laughs actually make for great pictures! It’s a still photograph so nobody knows what you are saying to each other so it can just turn into a really cute photograph!
Talk to Each Other
Chat about anything that brings a smile to your face! Focusing on a story will distract you from the camera.
Have some Pictures Taken from a Distance
Normally when I am starting a session, I like to start with a longer lens so I can stand back from the couple. This allows you to comfortable with the process.
Ask your Photographer for Direction
Your photographer will give you direction but if you are feeling extra nervous, it doesn’t hurt to ask them to give a little extra encouragement.
Get Your Hair and Makeup Done
Whether for your wedding or your engagement session, getting your hair and makeup professionally done is bound to give you a confidence boost!
Wear something you feel good in
The better you feel, the better you look in photos! This is why wedding photos are usually so successful. Wear something for your engagement photos that makes you feel great and you’re comfortable in.
Plan an Activity
Bring an activity to your session! This works best for engagement sessions but can be adapted to your wedding also. Involve your pet is a great way that shows your life together.
Take your Pictures Away from Your Guests
If you freeze in front of crowds, it is likely best to take your wedding pictures away from your guest. This includes your first look.
Remember these are YOUR photos
Don’t worry about impressing anyone as these are for your own memory. Also don’t try to duplicate someone else’s experiences. Trust your photographer and focus on what really matters.